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Report a Lost, Stray or Stolen Dog

Reporting a lost / stray dog


🐶 To report a lost or stray dog, contact our dog wardens on ☎️ 028 71253253 📧  [email protected]


We can arrange to collect stray dogs or check to see if lost dogs have been picked up by our wardens and taken to the Council Dog Shelter at Unit 7a, Pennyburn Industrial Estate, Derry, BT48 0LU.  You may also be asked for:

•    Your name, address, and telephone number

•    Description of dog including its type, colour, size and approximate age.

•    The time, date and location where you found the dog or details of when and where you last seen your dog.


Normal Opening Times: 

If you are collecting a lost or stray dog, please contact the Council Offices in advance 

☎️ 028 71 253253 or 📧  [email protected]

The law requires that all stray dogs are kept for a minimum of 5 days to allow the owners the opportunity of reclaiming them.   Kennelling charges for a stray dog is £16.00 for the first day and £8.50 per day thereafter. 


It is essential that the lost or stray dog is collected by its rightful owner.  Prior to release of your dog, you will be asked to provide some form of identification confirming your name and current address e.g., driving licence, passport, utility bill etc; as well as providing some proof of dog ownership e.g., ideally dog licence, microchip number but could include veterinary bill, dog breed papers, family pictures of the dog etc.; and the required release fee.


Rehoming a lost/stray dog 

Council will make every attempt to responsibly rehome a stray dog that remains unclaimed, either directly from the dog shelter or via a number of supporting animal rehoming charities.  Dogs that are aggressive, have a history of aggression or are ill are not suitable for rehoming.

Please contact our Dog Control Service if you are interested in rehoming an unclaimed stray dog

Unwanted dogs: Please note that Council no longer accepts unwanted dogs.  If you have a dog that needs rehomed, we recommend that you contact the animal rehoming charities: Rainbow Rehoming Centre for Rescue Cats and Dogs (Tel: 028 71 812882), Dogs Trust Ballymena (Tel: 0303 003 0000) and Causeway Coast Dog Rescue (Tel: 07595 602702).  All charities would be appreciative of any donations to assist in the rehoming of your dog.


 Dog Control

 📞 02871 253 253

  ​📧 [email protected] 

The Council offer an Out of Hours Service for ongoing dog attacks on persons or animals: T: 07734 128096. Whilst there is no obligation on council to respond to other serious matters outside hours, our Dog Warden may do so after an assessment of any voicemail messages left.  


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